Dr. Basak Yanar is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, and an assistant professor in the division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in organizational behaviour and human resource management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Yanar’s research interests include understanding the working conditions and health and safety needs of populations experiencing occupational health and safety vulnerabilities such as immigrant and refugee workers, small businesses, and workers experiencing mental health challenges; and the workplace practices and system supports that make injury prevention and return-to-work more equitable and accessible for these populations. Her emerging program of research explores how employers can better respond to health and safety needs of immigrant and refugee workers and foster inclusive safety practices in workplaces that are becoming increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse.
Yanar is a qualitative researcher with a keen interest in collaboration with community organizations, employers and system partners in developing solutions to improve the health and safety of immigrant workers.
“Thinking about occupational health and safety in Canada, it is impossible not to think of immigrant workers. As Canada continues to rely on immigration for its economic growth, we need to understand how to better promote safety in linguistically and culturally diverse workplaces, and address the vulnerable working conditions immigrants find themselves in, whether they have recently arrived or not.” – Dr. Basak Yanar